As the community health resource celebrates its one-year anniversary, members find growth and personal fulfillment
Keswick Community Health is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Wise & Well Center for Healthy Living. The Center hosts popular community health programming in 14,000 square feet of renovated space on its 40th Street campus where active, older adults can socialize, exercise and embark on their health journey with a supportive team to help them along the way. A hub of activity for many, the Center has experienced remarkable growth this past year, attracting 216 new members to date.
“The Center focuses on how we can take steps each day to have a better tomorrow,” said Keswick President and CEO Carmel Roques. “Many members have experienced improved health and wellness as a result of the programming. Many have changed their perspective on life for the better.”
One such triumph features member Christine Riley. After Christine experienced a devastating fall and tore her rotator cuff, it was difficult for her to continue to do activities she loved – dancing, biking and traveling independently. Wanting to get back on her feet but nervous about how to get started, she joined the Wise & Well Center for its “Stepping On: Falls Prevention” course, an evidence-based program that has been proven to reduce falls and build confidence in aging adults.
“The pace of the course is both challenging and cautious depending on a member’s specific goals,” said Riley of her experience. “My biggest fear was walking down ramps. But that day in class, with the help of an experienced instructor, Lisa, a lightbulb went off and everything clicked on how to take that first step. After completing the course, my doctor was so pleased with my progress and I regained my confidence. I signed up for more classes, including Chronic Disease Self-Management, One-on-One Fitness Equipment Training and Tai Chi. I never felt like my instructors were checking off boxes; they were fully invested in me and my personal health journey.”
That’s the key at the Center, according to Roques: Wise & Well is designed to be a partner to its members, tailoring a wide variety of classes, coaching and personalized services to suit the preferences and needs of the community. Other programming includes fitness activities, visual arts, culinary arts, gardening, classroom learning and access to private consultations with professionals including personal trainers, counselors, massage therapists, art therapists, personal pharmacists and life coaches.
“In just one year both Keswick Community Health and our Wise & Well members have grown tremendously, together,” Roques celebrated. To learn more about Keswick’s Wise & Well Center and its community health programming, visit: https://choosekeswick.org/services/community-health/